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  • Flints: The Letters Return

    Posted by Ashburn on July 15, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    I’m putting H.A.’s letter at the top of each of these, sorry to anyone who wants to poke at all the puzzles.

    Last year, I sent a box to Saberlane that seemed to have a magiqal past to it (seen here).

    I made the foolish mistake of not copying the letters inside before sending, and two of them were lost after Sabes sent them off to other Mounties to solve.

    Imagine my surprise when, while organizing my digital files, I came across a document I didn’t recognize.

    It was a copy of the seven letters, and the numbers on six of them were different than before.

    Here’s the less-puzzling of the seven letters:

    Through one of our mutual acquaintances, Mercy came to access what the men seem to be calling the All-Seeing Eye. Knowing it for what it was, she sent it on to me in her last correspondence, believing someone of my House would know best what to ask.

    When the Eye opened to me, it told me of Hope for the fight in which our mundane brethren are embroiled. As for the second request, a far future was Illuminated. One where our Houses no longer have need to meet in secret betwixt one another as we do now.

    It is with these descendents in mind that we leave these messages. Each of our secret group has written a small note, twice-encoded to keep others in our respective Houses from stopping us, addressed to our future counterparts. To my knowledge, none of them contain any Earth-shattering information about our Houses, just a short greeting from each of us.

    The Eye granted me the two cyphers used, and left with a clue to decrypt it.

    The book will Guide you to play fair.

    It means nothing to me, but it may to you.

    Until your time comes, we shall continue to protect It, even from one another.

    Faithfully Yours,

    H.A.

    And here’s the letter that was labeled “Flints” (I had to screenshot it, pasting the contents wasn’t working :cjmagiq:)

    Flints

    7/16: So, a couple of the numbers changed… Here’s a new screenshot? I’ll let you know if there are any more as the rest is poked at.

    7/17: …yep, ‘nother number changed.

    Tungstenedge replied 3 years, 4 months ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Tinker

    Member
    July 16, 2019 at 6:32 pm

    I’m gonna start taking a crack at this one this afternoon, I think!

  • Tinker

    Member
    July 16, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Okay…Here’s what I’ve got so far (the ^ indicates a page that included a hyphenated word…I wasn’t entirely sure if those counted as one word or two. I counted them as one word and left the affected letter marked in my notes). If anyone wants to double check or add on to the decoding, feel free:

    (All letters are uppercase)

    First column: IH/HT/SP/YE/TG^/C^I/TY/VP/PI/BP/SM^/RT/EH/TG/LT^/AG/IY

    Edit: Hold the phone, found some miscopies in my notes. Will update my column soon

    Edit Edit: Okay new first column, now committing to hyphenated words counting as one word: IH/HT/SM/YE/TG/CI/TY/VP/PL/BP/SM/RT/MH/TG/LH/NG/IY

  • Tinker

    Member
    July 16, 2019 at 10:29 pm

    Alright, coming back to this after a little bit, I’m pretty comfortable with the first column so moving onto the second, I got:

    FS/XD/EG/TP/HI/SI/IU/PO/NG/HF/MY/FS/SL/FS/NS/YE/D^S

    This time, the noted letter is because the line of text in the Guide was written backwards, so I chose to follow along the letters left-to-right, but it occurred to me that you could also follow along right-to-left, so that the words were words were right way around.

    Edit: Another messed up letter, edited second column below:

    FS/XD/EG/TP/HI/SI/IU/P?/NG/HF/MY/FS/SL/FS/NS/YE/DS

  • Tinker

    Member
    July 17, 2019 at 4:15 am

    Okay, last set…my eyes are definitely very tired, so I’m not 100% confident in this set, and there’s one where I kept landing on a word with the wrong number of letters, so I might have some corrections tomorrow.

    Column 3: KT/MZ/FI/LG/YE/PU/GM/EI/TG/AT/SD/YE/IP/EM/SU/CF/KP

    Column 4: FS/H?/MY/PO/LG

  • Tinker

    Member
    July 17, 2019 at 4:56 am

    jk I got too excited. Looking at what we know of the old houses, and with a little confirmation from @Graevan over in the thorinth letter thread as to which letter was dropped in the square, this is what I’ve decoded the lines to:

    At times the days work comes in the night to ride a star through the storm, to muster many hands, to send the fire-starters back to the sound.

    • Tungstenedge

      Member
      July 17, 2019 at 8:42 am

      Man, I knew someone was going to do this while I was wat work, I had two columns done as I commuted in but held off posting till I finished!

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